Cheers: Season 9, Episode 9

Bad Neighbor Sam (15 Nov. 1990)

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John Allen Hill, a famous Manhattan restaurateur, has bought Melville's, which Rebecca thinks is going to boost business for Cheers. Hill and Sam's relationship starts off slowly and gets ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Aileen Fitzpatrick ...
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John Allen Hill, a famous Manhattan restaurateur, has bought Melville's, which Rebecca thinks is going to boost business for Cheers. Hill and Sam's relationship starts off slowly and gets worse and worse. The first spoken threat from Hill is the fact that he actually owns the property of the bar's pool room and washrooms, implying that he wants Sam to meets all his demands or else. Hill wants a floor mat at the bottom of the interior stairs and wants to use the bar as the restaurant's lounge which includes treating Cheers' staff as Melville's staff. And a consequence of Hill's ownership of Melville's is that the bar is filled with a different yuppie clientèle, who most importantly don't know that Norm's bar stool is only for Norm. But the last straw for Sam is that Hill wants his parking spot back, which Sam has always used to park his beloved Corvette. Sam and Hill refuse to do business with each other, which leads to Hill bricking off the bar's hallway - the one leading to his ... Written by Huggo

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During the cold opening, Frasier references a safe driving PSA dating from the 1960's ("Guess who Pete and Gladys ran into the other day? Hank and Marilyn.") See more »


[Woody is phoning Kelly to find out who the man was that took suggestive photos of her. A French speaking man answers the phone]
Woody Boyd: [to Norm, Frasier and Cliff about the man on the phone] Do you know what that pervert said to me? 'Allô'. What does that mean in English?
Norm Peterson: Wai, wai, wait, I took some French in high school. I think allô, allô means, um, 'I've got your girlfriend in my arms and, um, soon we'll be naked, you stupid cuckold'.
Cliff Clavin: That's funny, Norm, because I thought it meant, 'I have your ...
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Bad Neighbor Sam (#9.9)
20 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Melville has a new owner. It doesn't seem to be so good as he comes to Sam with some requests that were never an issue. And Sam has to agree with it because legally the pool table in the bar and the bathrooms belong to Melville. He does so for a while, but then the neighbor war starts.

A pretty funny episode. I guess the best part for me was Norm being so disturbed by somebody sitting in his chair. The woman "So what do you do?" Norm: "I sit here!!!".

The whole quarrel between Sam and the new owner of Melville was also pretty fun.

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